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The Temples Of Tamilnadu
Index Author
Invocation Foreword
Introduction Melmaruvathur
Tiruvannamalai Tirukkoilur
Chidambaram Vaideeswaran Koil
Sirkali Tanjore
Kumbhakonam Kancheepuram
Srirangam Palani
Madurai Tiruchendur
Rameswaram Suchindram
Kanyakumari A Bird's-Eye View
Major Sections
Temples Of India
Lord Siva To Be Adored The Devalayas Of Karnataka
Palani Dhandhayudhapani The Kovils Of Kerala
The Temples of North-West India Temples For The Triple Sects
Mata Kanakadurga of Vijayawada The Legend Of Mata Kanyaka Parameswari
The Temples Of North-East India Mantralya Mahakshetra
The Aalayas of Andhra Pradesh The Mandirs Of Maharastra
Mighty Atoms For Tiny Tots Lord Siva Of Sri Kalahasthi
Bhagawan Vithoba Of Pandharpur Bizarre Beliefs And Odd Traditions
Asoka Priyadarsin The Mother Of Melmaruvathur And Her Miracles
Vishnu Mayam Jagat Sarvam Sakti Mayam
The Temples Of Tamilnadu Hindu Ethos In Capsules - Vol I

Hindu Ethos In Capsules - Vol II

Hullo Tirupathi !
Uthuthshta Govinda Cum Jo Jo Mukunda The Miracles Of Gods For The Debacles Of Humans
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MELMARUVATHUR

PRAYER SERVICES AND THEIR NOVELTY

The most striking feature that stuns the devotees is the absence hereditary priests. Invariably one sees in the Sanctum Sanctorum men and women in red garb absorbed in the performance of several types of services. They belong to Manrams of different places and their tenure lasts for 24 hours. This privilege is granted to all the branches. 

There are no professional priests and gone with them the fraudulent practices of way lying, bullying, fleecing etc., under the guise of fees for pujas. If devotees desire of performing pujas by themselves they are allowed, if red garb is worn. So this has ushered in a new epoch, where God is seen as God without iron certain separating the Creator and the created. Another noblest innovation! Moreover, women are given priority, though they are men either to guiding or assisting them. So the MOTHER is worshipped by the children of her own sex. What a novelty!

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